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Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment
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  Here in the U.S., homesteading is on the rise. If you are thinking of making a change from your current lifestyle to a simpler life, you may face many homesteading obstacles. This is especially true of those who don’t have farming roots.

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

By Amber | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

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4 Farm-Tastic DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

By Amber | Oct 23, 2018 | 4 Comments
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Fall is my favorite time of year and the kids always liked to decorate for Halloween. Coming from a frugal family, decorations were made using things we had around the house. Thankfully, we have the Dollar Tree these days where we can make Farm-Tastic Halloween Decorations for just a couple of dollars. Here are 4…

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The BEST Tips & Tricks to Drying & Storing Firewood

By Amber | Aug 18, 2018 | 4 Comments
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When J was a little boy, many moons ago. He and his siblings were bringing firewood in without gloves and his little fingers were frostbitten. Even now, he has to be careful in the cold because his fingers will hurt badly if not kept warm.

Winter is fast approaching here in the panhandle of Idaho. The pass and upper elevation have already seen snow. I hope you’ve gotten all your wood stacked and dried.

If you’ve used wood as your heating or cooking source for any length of time, then you know the key to heat production is in properly drying and storing firewood.

We’ve want to share what we’ve learned with you over the years about drying and storing firewood.

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Choosing the Best Trees for Firewood

By Rhonda Crank | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
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If you’re going to put out the energy and time to cut, split, and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible. No use wasting valuable time when there might be an easier way, right? The question is, how do you know which are the best trees for firewood.

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Old Fashioned Farmers in a Modern Day

By Amber | Jul 13, 2018 | 5 Comments
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We are often asked why we call ourselves “New Old-Fashioned Farmers.” The answer of course is simple. We call ourselves this because we farm the way my grandparents taught me, like their parents taught them, at least in manner that is. Since we farm in a modern, tech filled world we have a some variances, but then every generation brings its own ideas, experiences, and talents to farming. Balance is the key to life.

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Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother

By Amber | Jul 12, 2018 | 83 Comments

When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life. I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them, but whether or not I remember it all is another story! 🙂

Some of Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down to us because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. These are a few of those tips that I use in my own home.

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Where Have All The Fireflies Gone? A forgotten pastime of our youth

By Amber | Jun 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Where Have All The Fireflies Gone-a forgotten pastime of our youth.

Have you ever caught a firefly? I remember countless nights as a child, running through the fields with a mason jar trying to catch fireflies. Watching the jar filled with bugs with glowing bottoms for hours, then releasing them back into the fields only to start all over again. But where have all the fireflies…

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Back To Our Roots- The Modern Homesteader

By Amber | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Has something in your soul been calling you to get back to your roots? Do you have a strong desire to leave the fast-paced society and get your hands in the dirt? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands just like you are wanting to leave their 9-5 in search of a simpler life. To…

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DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip

By Amber | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip to Keep Ants Away

  Hummingbirds have always fascinated me. Their ability to hover, their amazing speed, and how they appear to dance with the air. As long as I can remember, my grands and my ma had a red feeder hanging outside the window to attract hummingbirds. Little did we know back then that the red food dye…

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Water Cisterns

By Amber | Apr 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
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  April Week 2 Lesson 3: Water Cisterns Math Preschool/Kindergarten  Start teaching your child liquid measurements such as gallons. Help them keep a chart of how much water they use in a day. See the Printables for help with this.  Grade School/High School  Calculate how much water your household uses in a day and determine…

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Water Wells

By Amber | Apr 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April  Week 2 Lesson 2: Water Wells Language Arts All ages – Read Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Preschool/Kindergarten  Watch the YouTube video: Water Well  Have your child describe what they observe – ask them to be detailed, explaining that the descriptive words they use are adjectives.  Grade School/High School  Does…

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All About Berries

By Amber | Apr 10, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April  Week 2 Lesson 1: All About Berries Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Draw the branches of a berry bush and have your child write the names of different berries on each branch. There is a list of berry bushes in the Printables. Discuss the vocabulary words.  Printable>>>April Week 2 Lesson 1 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Learn…

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Seeds and Starts in the Garden

By Amber | Apr 3, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April  Week 1 Lesson 3 Seeds and Starts in the Garden Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Help your child write a simple poem about planting. Have them think of garden related words that start with each of the letters in PLANT or GARDEN. Discuss the vocabulary words.  Printable>>> Week 1 Lesson 3 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Write…

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Preparing The Garden

By Amber | Apr 3, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April  Week 1 Lesson 2: Preparing The Garden Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write PLOW, GARDEN, MANURE, COMPOST. Help them put the words in alphabetical order. If you are preparing garden beds, have your child help and explain what you are doing. Later, have them tell you the steps you took.  Printable>>>Fields Coloring Page…

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Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors

By Amber | Apr 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April  Week 1 Lesson 1 Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child copy some of the information from a seed packet or copy the names of the vegetables to start indoors from the Printables. If they are not ready for this, have them write the words SEED, PLANT, START, SOIL, SPRING, SEEDLING. …

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April Printables

By Amber | Apr 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

April Free Printables Each month we will offer free printables for you to print for your children. You can do the lesson online or print the lessons and avoid seeing ads. We encourage you to share any coloring pictures or accomplished schoolwork/projects in the Mighty Networks private group or our MeWe Group In addition to the printable lessons,…

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Wind & Water Power

By Amber | Mar 24, 2021 | 0 Comments
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March Week 4 Lesson 3 Wind & Power Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Read Christina Rossetti’s poem, The Wind Help your child memorize it.  Have your child write WIND and WATER – show them they both start with W. Help them find other things that begin with W. Learn the vocabulary words Week 4 Lesson 3 Vocabulary…

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Generators

By Amber | Mar 23, 2021 | 0 Comments
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March Week 4 Lesson 2: Generators Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write the word GENERATOR. Explain that generator is a noun – a person, place, thing, or idea. Look for some stories about people needing or using generators during outages. Resource Real Stories: KOHLER Grade School/High School  Write a story about a time your…

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Solar Power

By Amber | Mar 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

March Week 4 Lesson 1 Solar Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Draw a simple picture of a solar set-up. Have your child write the words SOLAR PANEL, INVERTER, BATTERY, and CHARGE CONVERTER on the part each represents.  Grade School/High School  Write a paper about solar power discussing whether or not you feel it is a good alternative…

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